Victims who sustain thermal burns and electrical burns often suffer from kidney failure. The most common cause of burn victim kidney failure is hypovolemia. People with hypovolemic shock lose more than 20 percent (or one-fifth) of their body’s blood or fluid supply. When this much fluid is lost, it is impossible for the heart to pump sufficient blood throughout the body. Patients with hypovolemia often suffer kidney failure which requires immediate emergency medical attention.
Another possible cause of burn victim kidney failure is sepsis, a life-threatening medical condition. This condition is caused by an overwhelming immune response to infection. By far, the biggest health risk burn victims face is infection. An overreaction by the immune system to an infection, can result in widespread inflammation and blood clotting throughout the body. If the kidneys are inflamed due to sepsis, the patient may experience kidney failure.
Acute kidney failure is a very common complication faced by burn victims and sadly, it carries a high mortality rate. Kidney failure can occur shortly after a burn injury or it can develop later on due to the patient becoming septic.
When a victim sustains burns and develops kidney failure as a result, he or she may be able to collect compensation from the liable party or parties found negligent. In other words, the responsible party which is to blame for the burn accident, may be found liable under law for medical expenses, lost income, pain & suffering, disability, disfigurement, loss of life quality and other damages suffered by the victim.
In order to obtain this compensation, the injured individual must prove that the negligent party caused the injury-inducing accident. How much compensation can be obtained depends on the severity of the injuries and on any complications (such as kidney failure) the victim suffered from those burns.
If you’ve suffered kidney failure in a burn accident that was caused by someone else, contact the California burn injury attorneys at Hogan Injury. We will review your case to determine if you have grounds for filing a claim. If we determine that you do have a strong case, we will advise you of your legal rights and guide you along the best path to take that will ensure that you get the compensation you rightfully deserve.
We also assist families who’ve lost loved ones in burn accidents file wrongful death claims. This type of claim can result in the surviving family obtaining compensation they deserve for their loss. While no amount of money can replace a life, the compensation obtained in a wrongful death claim can secure the financial future of the surviving family. Contact Hogan Injury today for your guaranteed, no-cost, no-obligation consultation.